Archive for February, 2004

Whole Fruit

Sunday, February 29th, 2004

Flashback: It’s summer 1984 and a young robotperson is idly exploring the departure lounge at Manchester airport. The video games have been checked for free credits, and the chances of finding Star Wars figures in Malta are being idly weighed-up. Mother returns from a browse in that airport speciality, the perfume and chocolate shop. In […]

Third person passive

Thursday, February 19th, 2004

Whilst reading my posts you might occasionally experience a moment of grammatical vertigo, and I apologise if this is the case. It’s probably due to me slipping from first to third person narrative, and although it’s a problem I’m aware of, most of the time it happens unconsciously. It’s not my fault though; I’ve been […]

Round Robert

Wednesday, February 18th, 2004

My wife and I <beam> were chatting with my mother over Christmas when somehow, alarmingly, the subject of baby names came up. I remembered that a while ago Mum had told me she’d decided on the name Robert because it began with an R, which she liked particularly because of her own initial (Mother’s name […]


Wednesday, February 11th, 2004

It’s worth drawing your attention to a few changes which have happened under the robotperson hood in the last week or so. I’ve shuffled all the ‘me’ related pages into the new robotica section, and the portfolio section (which has lots of actual content now) can be found under the renamed resumé page. It seems […]

The Broccoli Meme

Tuesday, February 10th, 2004

Have you ever noticed, whilst you’ve been carefully selecting a nice firm floret in the vegetable aisle, the broken-off stalks of broccoli languishing amongst the fresh brassica in the plastic crate?* I have, and I see them all the time now. You see, it was my idea to start snapping stems. To explain, it’s typical […]

Sit vis nobiscum

Friday, February 6th, 2004

Brighton, it seems, is strong with the Force. You might remember an email that did the rounds a couple of years ago, just prior to the 2001 census. The message urged recipients to declare their religion as Jedi under the false assertion that if enough people did so, Jedi would have to be officially recognised […]

Sweet Poison

Thursday, February 5th, 2004

It is my pleasure to announce the arrival of Stefan’s wine column, Sweet Poison. Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape Crushed the sweet poison of misused wine. – Milton Stefan distills reviews from many publications, and then serves us his meta-verdict on their recommended wines. I’m heading down M&S pour un bouteille ou […]